Expect Gary Bettman to announce trades involving the Canadiens at the draft

Published May 29, 2022 at 9:16 PM

During the Marc Bergevin-Trevor Timmins era, when the Montreal Canadiens were drafting players, fans were used to the fact that the organization prioritized quantity over quality.

We often went backwards in the draft, to get a few more small picks (rather than going forward in the draft)

As my colleague Christian Matte (Marqueur.com) reports, over the past four years, the CH has drafted 38 times, precisely because Bergevin prioritized quantity.

And there are still impacts of that today.

For the 2022 draft, the Montreal Canadiens have 14 picks in the bank, precisely because Bergevin has amassed so many.

Now, according to many and as proposed by Christian, it is really time to change that and prioritize quality. If a player like Tristan Luneau or Brad Lambert starts to slip (we know they have great potential), well go!

I would like to see Gary Bettman show up on stage, in the middle of the Bell Centre, to announce that the Habs have made a trade to move up a few spots and to jump on those opportunities.

We have reason to believe that this could happen, because this was exactly the mentality of a certain Jeff Gorton, when he was GM of the New York Rangers. He was often seen making deals to move up several spots in the draft.

He had notably advanced to draft players like K'Andre Miller and Braden Schneider, and it pays off today. Is he about to do the same thing in Montreal? It's quite possible!

This season, we want to move up in the draft and we want to prioritize quality. In the best case scenario, instead of drafting 14 players on July 7 and 8, the Montreal Canadiens should draft fewer (8? 9? 10?), but draft some higher.

What do you think?

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Expect Gary Bettman to announce trades involving the Canadiens at the draft

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